Tula’s Jazz Club will celebrate the life and legacy of jazz icon John Coltrane with performances September 21 & 22 at the storied club in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. The performances, hosted by drummer/composer and Origin Records recording artist Matt Jorgensen, will begin at 7:30 PM.
Charlottesville, VA based saxophonist Charles Owens will be the featured artist, accompanied by bassist Ben Shapiro from New York, Seattle piano great Marc Seales, and Jorgensen. This is a presale event. Reservations can be made for $30, by calling 206-443- 4221.
The annual celebration at Tula’s features the compositions of Coltrane, whose cultural imprint transcends the music and extends into the realm of spirituality. Each year Jorgensen brings in new featured artists to present a fresh look at Coltrane’s different periods of sound, from his early recordings with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to his adventurous output on the Impulse label.
A veteran of the New York City jazz scene, tenor saxophonist Charles Owens has gained a reputation for sterling performances before the most demanding jazz audiences in the world.
Owens held down a weekly Friday-night spot at the famed Smalls jazz club for 8 years. His style is hard swinging, and introspective. Influenced by such tenor saxophone masters as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Wayne Shorter, Charles Owens channels the spirit of these masters through his own unique and dynamic approach to improvisation and composition.
Drummer/composer Matt Jorgensen has made his mark on the international jazz scene as a master drummer, composer, and principal of the major independent jazz label, Origin/OA2. He as well is the co-founder and artistic director of the Ballard Jazz Festival. He has recorded four albums on the Origin label with his band +451, and a groundbreaking recording Tattooed By Passion (Origin, 2010), containing music based on the paintings of his late father in law, abstract artist Dale Chisman.
Pianist Marc Seales has been the first call pianist in Seattle for more than three decades. His style reflects a blues-based modernism that he has taken to the stage and recording studio with such notables as Ernie Watts, Art Pepper, Joe Henderson, and Bobby Hutcherson. Much of his time is spent molding young talent and promoting jazz awareness as a Professor of Music, at the University of Washington.
Read the interview with the weekend’s special guest, saxophonist Charles Owen below.